Insurance expertise

Insurance is our protection against life’s uncertainties. Not only does it mitigate risk, but it provides a financial cushion when things go wrong.

Our insurance experts have acted for a number of accounting firms, law firms, and corporate clients (such as valuers, real estate agents, engineers, architects) of all sizes, as well as individuals, trustees, insurers and brokers, across a range of insurance matters. We provide practical and commercial solutions to contentious and non-contentious issues.

On the contentious side we have acted for insureds in court, alternative dispute resolution, and professional disciplinary tribunals under a wide range of policies (including professional indemnity, D&O, product liability, and material damage / business interruption). Our dispute resolution team has extensive experience undertaking recovery work. We assist insurers, trade credit brokers and their insureds in debt recovery matters.

On the non-contentious side our corporate commercial and finance teams regularly assist with governance and compliance matters, preparing policies and product liability disclaimers, and transactional matters.

We offer a full range of services including:

  • Advising on policy interpretation, and claim preparation
  • Advocacy, negotiation and settlement of disputed claims
  • Compliance with new and existing laws
  • Insurance business sales, purchases and restructurings.
  • Advising overseas insurers seeking to establish insurance operations in New Zealand.
  • Professional liability and director liability
  • General Liability

Prior to Stace Hammond, dispute resolution Partner James Cochrane worked at a top ranked boutique insurance litigation firm specialising in director liability and professional liability claims. While there he was seconded to an insurance underwriting agency as a complex claims handler for financial lines claims.